Amritsar: In a major development in poll-bound Punjab, the Special Task Force (STF) confiscated five kg of RDX from near the international border near Dhanoe Kalan village in Attari, Punjab’s Amritsar, on Friday.
The STF has rounded up several people for questioning. The explosives were allegedly smuggled by ISI-backed anti-national forces from Pakistan.
The explosive was defused by a bomb squad present on the spot. Besides the RDX, the STF also recovered six AK 47 rifle rounds, two grenades, three UBGL, seven detonators, three fuses, a pouch and a bag from near the international border near Dhanoe Kalan village in Attari, Amritsar.
Sources in the Punjab Police said some suspects had been detained and were being questioned.
Rashpal Singh, AIG, STF, Amritsar, said currency worth Rs 1 lakh was also recovered. He said, “We got information about drugs, but when we reached there, found it to be an IED weighing around 5 kg. The contents of the bag will be revealed after further investigation. A currency of Rs 1 lakh has also been recovered from the place that is very near the Wagah-Attari border. It has come from Pakistan.”
Asked about the threat posed due to the recovery of the IED in the Assembly elections in Punjab on February 14, he said the matter was under investigation. “It is the subject of investigation and nothing can be said at this moment as it is the initial stage,” he said.
Earlier, ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, the Delhi Police on Friday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from Ghazipur flower market. Soon after getting the information, the Delhi Police rushed a bomb disposal squad and fire engines to control the situation.
Minutes after the incident, the Delhi Police said, “A case has been registered in the Delhi Police Special Cell under provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.” Sensing the severity of the matter, NSG commandos were sent. Later, NSG officials said, “A bomb disposal squad of the NSG has defused the IED recovered from Ghazipur. Samples of the IED have been collected and the NSG team will later submit a report of the chemical component used to assemble the explosive.”
Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said, “Based on the information received, an IED has been recovered.”
In the wake of the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 in the country, the Republic Day celebrations will take place with stricter restrictions than the ones imposed last year with the possibility of further reduction in the number of visitors allowed to witness the parade, according to an official from the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday.
A joint meeting was held by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence and other agencies to discuss the safety and security of visitors during the event. “The route of the parade will be shorter as similar to last year.